Fostering stronger bond with Infineon

Posing for a group photo during the mock cheque presentation for the “Infineon Best Student Award” are, (from left) Dr Yap, Prof Ewe, Ang, Ng, and Tan.

Ties were once again strengthened at the signing ceremony of the renewal of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UTAR and Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd on 26 July 2017 at the Kampar Campus.

Representing UTAR at the signing ceremony was Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Ir Dr Ewe Hong Tat, while Infineon Technologies Kulim was represented by its President and Managing Director Ng Kok Tiong. Also present at the signing ceremony were Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology Dean Assoc Prof Dr Yap Vooi Voon, Infineon Technologies Kulim Director of Technology Tan Soon Keong and Communication Manager Jacynthi Kirupanithia, along with staff and students.

With the University’s goal to actively engage in research, teaching and practice of the highest international standards, both parties expressed certainty of the MoU in offering various opportunities for staff and students to develop capabilities suited for the changing world and to contribute to the society.

In his speech, Prof Ewe said, “Today with this MoU, we see the strengthening of our collaboration in the joint research projects and to share expertise that will enable the joint development of the research projects. It will also enable UTAR and Infineon to facilitate each other through activities such as research, training, seminars, conferences and workshops.”

Prof Ewe delivering his speech.

Apart from strengthening efforts for research excellence, the MoU also provides the University with the latest information and feedback about the industry, which will enable the University to update its curriculum and to construct a curriculum that will meet the current and future needs of the economy.

For UTAR students to be able to expand their learning experience and to learn about the latest happenings in the industry, the MoU also approves study tours and industrial attachment to be conducted at Infineon Technologies Kulim, which foresees them developing the skills needed for their career.

Other forms of collaboration under this MoU also include UTAR offering training, academic and research programmes for Infineon Technologies Kulim staff to undertake, which will greatly benefit them for their career advancement.

Prof Ewe and Ng exchanging MoUs.

Into the second half of the ceremony, the “Infineon Best Student Award” presentation was held, which saw UTAR Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electronics Engineering graduate Ang Lay Ying receiving an award worth RM3,000.

“I am truly thankful to UTAR for its education and to Infineon for giving me such recognition. Receiving this award has become my motivation to keep improving myself and to not be afraid of hardships,” said Ang. She also mentioned that the key to her success is not giving up when faced with failures and to have good time management.

Towards the end of the ceremony, staff and students had the privilege to learn from Ng as he shared about his working experiences and offered valuable pieces of advice on how to advance in a career. He firstly mentioned of possessing real-world work experience, which can be obtained through internship, and when learning new things, he advised listeners to keep an open mind and to step out of their comfort zone. Soft skills were also included in his advice, which he spoke of communication, problem-solving, creativity and innovation, good time management, teamwork, and having the right attitude as essential values for employees to excel in their career.

Ng sharing his experience to the audience.

The ceremony then ended with a token of appreciation presented by Prof Ewe to Ng, and also a token of appreciation from Infineon Technologies Kulim, presented by Ng to Prof Ewe.

Prof Ewe and Ng exchanging their respective tokens of appreciation.

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2016 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of about Euro 6.5billion with more than 36,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).

Infineon’s wafer fabrication facility in Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah, is its first wafer fab in Asia and presently employs 2,000 staff. The Kulim plant has added a building shell which can include a new 12,000 square meter fab facility with the potential of double production capacity. With Fab 2, Infineon Kulim is also positioned as the competence centre of semiconductor wafer processing with a product focus on the electrification of automobiles. Fab 2 will feature intelligent shelves that automatically track the storage and retrieval of every wafer lot; state-of-the-art machine-to-machine communication will record process data allowing machines to optimise themselves; while dynamic scheduling of prioritised tasks for operators will enhance overall productivity.

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